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January 7, 2016

The AkronAAUP Negotiating Team and members of the Executive Committee have met several times with the administration and Mr. Rob Stein, the mediator.  Mediation will continue next week as the parties meet again on January 13.


November 10, 2015

On Changes to the Academic Calendar

Last spring the University suggested the possibility of significant changes in the academic calendar.  We conveyed the concerns of many faculty about these possible changes and we are happy to report that the Chapter and the University have agreed to maintain the current academic calendar.

November 02, 2015

Click HERE for an update from Akron-AAUP on the issue pertaining to loss of Akron general as an in-network provider in 2016.

October 30, 2015

Negotiation Meetings Scheduled As Of 10-30-15

Nov. 4th  – Big Table negotiations

Friday, Nov. 6th  – IP/DL Subcommittee

,Nov. 11th –  Big Table negotiations

Friday, Nov. 13th  – NTTF Subcommittee

Friday, Nov. 20th  – IP/DL Subcommittee

, Nov. 24th  – Big Table Negotiations

, Nov. 30th  – Health Care Subcommittee

, Dec.9th,  – Big Table negotiations

, Dec. 16th – Big Table negotiations

Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 21st-22nd –  mediation

October 22, 2015

Formal negotiating meetings began in February and March, and resumed in September.

Much of the work is done in subcommittee, which began in January, and resumed in July.

We are scheduled for mediation 21, 22 December 2015.

Articles with Tentative Agreement or agreement to continue status quo:

  • 1 Preamble
  • 2 Recognition
  • 3 Management Rights
  • 4 Association Rights
  • 5 Working Environment
  • 6 No Strike/No Lockout
  • 7 Nondiscrimination
  • 8 Affirmative Action
  • 12 Grievance and Arbitration Procedures
  • 21 Emeritus Faculty
  • 22 Distinguished Professor
  • 23 Legal Protection
  • 24 Professional Activities Outside the University
  • 25 Retiree Reemployment
  • 32 Separability

Articles under current discussion:

  • 9 Academic Freedom
  • 11 Initial Hire
  • 13 RTP
  • 14 Disciplinary Action (admin)
  • 18 Professional Development
  • 19 Intellectual Property
  • 20 Distance and Distributed Learning
  • 26 Academic Calendar (admin)
  • 28 Spousal/Same Sex Domestic Partner Hires
  • 29 Reappointment and Promotion of NTT
  • 31 Past Practices

Articles for upcoming discussion:

  • 10 Governance
  • 15 Retrenchment (admin)
  • 16 Compensation
  • 17 Benefits
  • 27 Workload
  • 30 Branch Campuses (admin)
  • 33 Duration

Thanks to working groups:

  • RTP: Teresa Cutright, Amber Ferris, Sue Ramlo, Rob C Schwarz, Rob M Schwarz, Rebecca Willits
  • PDL: Leslie Gordon, Michael Graham, Steven Harp

October 08, 2015

The Akron-AAUP and UA administration negotiation committees met yesterday.

We have reached tentative agreement on articles 5, 12, 21. We have agreed to status quo on articles 22, 24.
Legal counsel are discussing issues pertaining to articles  4, 6, 9, 31.  We are close to agreement on article 4.
Article 28 has been set aside for fact finding.
Sub committees have been established to discuss:
16 Compensation:
17 Benefits:
29 NTT

19-20 IP/DD

October 01, 2015

The Akron-AAUP Negotiation Team, lead by Chief Negotiator, Kevin Kreider, has been working with the administration over the summer on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The collective bargaining agreement expired June 30th. The Akron-AAUP and The University of Akron have agreed to a day-to-day extension of that agreement until negotiations have concluded. Faculty are not working without a contract; all terms and provisions of the contract continue.  Our goal is to complete the negotiations by the end of the semester, and have a new contract in place beginning on January 1, 2016.

As the semester proceeds, we will keep faculty informed of any progress made in negotiations. The next negotiating meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7th.

The following articles are in active discussion. We hope to reach tentative agreement on most of these in the near future:

Article 4 Association Rights

Article 5 Working Environment

Article 6 No Strike/ No Lockout

Article 12 Grievance and Arbitration Procedures

Article 13 Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion

Article 14 Disciplinary Action

Article 18 Professional Development

Article 19 Intellectual Property

Article 20 Distance and Distributed Learning

Article 21 Emeritus Faculty

Article 22 Distinguished Professor

Article 28 Spousal/Same Sex Domestic Partner Hires

Article 31 Past Practices.


Articles for future discussion include:

Article 9 Academic Freedom, Rights, and Responsibilities

Article 10 Governance

Article 11 Initial Hire

Article 16 Compensation

Article 17 Benefits

Article 27 Workload

Article 29 Reappointment and Promotion of College Lecturers and Instructors

Article 33 Duration and Negotiation Procedure.


We thank you for your support of our Negotiations Team. These faculty are performing an invaluable service to the bargaining unit faculty of The University of Akron. If you see them around campus, please thank them for their time and efforts.

Chief Negotiator: Kevin Kreider  (3rd term of service on the NT)

Professor, Mathematics

e-mail: kevin.kreider@akronaaup.org

John Reeves  (3rd term of service on the NT)

Senior Instructor, Biological Anthropology


Lawrence Gilpatric

Professor, Business Technology


Lynne Pachnowski

Professor, Curricular and Instructional Design


Michael Graham

Professor, History


Also on the Negotiating Team, Akron-AAUP’s Legal Counsel, the inestimable Eben “Sandy” O. McNair, Esq. of Schwarzwald, McNair and Fusco LLP.

July 01, 2015

Akron-AAUP and The University of Akron Agree to Contract Extension

The collective bargaining agreement expired June 30th. The Akron-AAUP and The University of Akron have agreed to a day-to-day extension of the agreement until negotiations have concluded. We are not working without a contract; all terms and provisions of the contract continue.

April 09, 2015

The Akron-AAUP negotiating team has met several times with representatives of The University of Akron to negotiate the next collective bargaining agreement. Our current agreement expires June 30, 2015. Akron-AAUP has submitted to the University a number of proposals on non-economic issues, and the members of the team are considering the terms of a few counter-proposals received from the University.

Formal talks are likely to be suspended for a brief time, however. Discussions will resume when Akron-AAUP chief negotiator Kevin Kreider is sufficiently recovered from a recent accident to resume his place at the negotiating table. The University has agreed to the delay. Progress, however, has not stopped. Members of various sub-committees will continue to meet to discuss the contract articles with which they have been charged, and the Chapter’s negotiating team will continue to craft language for a number of proposals, including the fundamentally important economic issues of compensation, health care and other benefits.

At present it appears that formal talks will begin again sometime after the middle of May.

We’ll keep you informed about further developments.

February 04, 2015

Faculty Salaries For AY 2014-15

Faculty, no doubt, will have observed the lack of a pay raise for academic year 2014-15. The collective bargaining agreement requires a reopener to negotiate this year’s salary increases during upcoming negotiations of the next contract.

Our agreement expires June 30, 2015; formal negotiations must begin no later than 75 days prior to the expiration of the current agreement (approximately mid-April) and may begin any time after January 1st. While formal talks have not yet begun, Akron-AAUP’s Chief Negotiator, Kevin Kreider, has been meeting informally with representatives of the administration to discuss the kinds of amendments the chapter will be seeking and how these subjects may best be approached.

It is not a foregone conclusion that there will be no salary increases for the current year.The contract legally mandates good-faith bargaining on the issue and the subject will be one of the first we take up when formal talks begin.

The Akron-AAUP is prepared to begin negotiations immediately.